Natural Features & Ecosystems

white flowering dogwood blossoms on branch
Flowering Dogwood
The most common topographic features of the park are the rocky mountain slopes with their novaculite outcrops and lush creek valleys. These areas support mixed stands of oak and hickory interspersed with shortleaf pine on the more exposed slopes and ridgetops. The forest understory contains flowering shrubs, a wide variety of wildflowers, a rare local chinquapin species (Castanea ozarkensis), and occasionally the rare Graves spleenwort (Asplenium gravesei).
 
Thermal water cascades down a mossy hillside into two concrete collection pools.

Hot Springs Geology

The story of the Park's thermal springs begins with rocks that formed over 400 million years ago...

The ouachita blazing star is lavender colored with tendril like petals.

Plants

Hot Springs National Park has an abundance of flowers, shrugs, moss, lichens, vines, and trees. Learn more.

A box turtle hides in its shell.

Animals

Learn about the wildlife in the Park.

Last updated: June 19, 2020

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Hot Springs , AR 71901

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